SEASON 1957 Problem – 13Teams in Division 1 ! PLANS FOR 3 DIVISIONS !
All the Officials were re-elected at the A.G.M. Councillor S Wood was elected as President for the year.
Bolton Railway’s application for a 2nd team to join the League in the 2nd Division was accepted .
Darley Park made proposal at the A.G.M. that the League formation should be changed. It was agreed to discuss the matter at the next Executive meeting. At that discussion it was agreed unanimously that the League should be split into 3 Divisions which would be organised for the 1958 season. Season 1957 would continue with two Divisions
THE REFORMATION PLAN
It was agreed that there would be two Divisions named 1:- Division 1A and Division 1B which would have no more than 10 teams in each Division in order to complete the matches in 18 weeks.
Divisions of 8 teams were preferable so that a shorter season would enable matches to be played in better light at the end of the season….. How it was done:-
Division 1A consisted of the top 8 teams in the Final Positions at the end of the 1957 season.
Division 1B consisted of the bottom 5 teams in the Final Positions at the end of the 1957
Season plus 2nd Division teams Guildhall, Mary’s Park, and MEL.
Division C consisted of the 7 remaining teams in Division 2
Promotion and relegation between Divisions A and B should be two up and two down. The
Points system only to be used in determining League Positions. Promotion and relegation
teams to play off if points were tied.
The Knock Out Competition stated that all A and B section Clubs should be drawn out in one competition, with one match to decide the winners who would pass through to the next round. Section C would run their own competition. A fresh draw would be made for each round.
As Darley Park had two teams in the same Division seeding players was necessary.
A Team B Team
Men L.G. Guy & A. Ratcliffe Men B Armitage & A. Tyldesley
- Gee & R. Baron A. Simms & E.Hatton
Ladies Miss M.Armitage & Miss E. Inman Ladies Miss L. Lloyd & Mrs E. Gee
Mrs. J. Davenport & Miss J. Towey Mrs J Matthews & Mrs. M. Thomson
1957 Individual Tournament Winners
Men’ s Singles Derek Gee
Ladies’ Singles Marion Lowe
Mixed Doubles A.J. Ratcliffe and E Inman
Men’s Doubles L. G. Guy and A.J.Ratcliffe Ladies Doubles
1957 League Positions Each Team played 16 matches
Pos. Pts. Team
- 40 Darley Park A (after a play off with Walkden Moor)
- 40 Walkden Moor
- 31 Bolton Railway
- 28 Darley Park B
. 28 Swinton
- 27 De Havilland
- 24 Parrfold Park
- 20 Oakwood
. 20 Kearsley Vale
10 12 NALGO
. 12 Chloride
. 12 Winton
13 8 St Marks
Division 2 Each team played 18 matches
- 44 Walkden Moor ( after a play off with Bolton Railway)
- 44 Bolton Railway
- 29 Guildhall
- 26 Swinton
- 22 Darley Park
- 21 M.E.L.
- 20 St. Marks
- 18 St. Marys
- 17 Parrfold Park
10 15 De Havilland